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Senator Bill Nelson, ranking member of Commerce, Science & Transportation, begins his remarks with a blunt wakeup call directly to Zuckerberg: “If you and other social media companies do not get your act together, none of us are going to have any privacy anymore.”
“If Facebook and other online companies will not or cannot fix the privacy invasions, then we are going to have to,” Nelson added. “We, the congress.”
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Senator John Thune, the Republican chairman of the Commerce, Science and Technology committee, is getting started by going straight to the heart of Facebook’s business model – free service in exchange for personal data.
“For this model to persist, both sides of the bargain need to know what’s involved,” Thune said. “I’m not convinced Facebook’s users have the information they need to make decisions.”